[K12OSN] file management

Rob Owens robowens at myway.com
Tue Dec 14 11:07:00 UTC 2004


How about making the kids install OpenOffice as a homework assignment?  And then next week tell them they have to write a paper--but that it only has to be 1 sentence long and that in order to get credit they have to save the file in ascii format.


 --- On Thu 12/09, Martin Woolley < sysadmin at handsworth.bham.sch.uk > wrote:
The students mostly run M$ boxes at home and while OpenOffice can handle word <br>and excel files (excluding strange fonts), a lot of the students have <br>MS/Works (an oxymoron if ever there was one!) and these files cause us <br>problems - we have no way of opening them.  We have posters all over the <br>department saying that they must use a comon format for documents (html, <br>ascii, rtf, etc) but they fail to do so.  We give away copies of the OpenCD <br>(which contains an M$ port of OpenOffice) and we give away live eval Linux <br>CDs all in a vain attempt to get the students to do their work in OpenOffice <br>(which is what they use at school).

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